IGCSE 2020 0625/42 Feb/Mar (pdf)
- A rocket is launched vertically upwards from the ground. The rocket travels with uniform
acceleration from rest. After 8.0s, the speed of the rocket is 120m/s.
(a) Calculate the acceleration of the rocket.
(b) (i) On Fig. 1.1, draw the graph for the motion of the rocket in the first 8.0s.
(ii) Use the graph to determine the height of the rocket at 8.0s.
(iii) From time = 8.0s to time = 20.0s, the rocket rises with increasing speed but with decreasing acceleration.
From time = 20.0s to time = 25.0s, the rocket has a constant speed of less than 200m/s.
On Fig. 1.1, draw the graph for this motion.
- Fig. 2.1 shows an athlete crossing the finishing line in a race. As she crosses the finishing line, her speed is 10.0m/ s. She slows down to a speed of 4.0m/s.
(a) The mass of the athlete is 71kg. Calculate the impulse applied to her as she slows down.
(b) (i) Define impulse in terms of force and time.
(ii) The athlete takes 1.2s to slow down from a speed of 10.0m/s to a speed of 4.0m/s.
Calculate the average resultant force applied to the athlete as she slows down.
(c) Calculate the force required to give a mass of 71kg an acceleration of 6.4m/s2.
- Fig. 3.1 shows a model of a wind turbine used to demonstrate the use of wind energy to generate
electricity. The wind is blowing towards the model, as shown.
(a) The mass of air passing through the circular area swept out by the turbine blades each
second is 7.5kg. The kinetic energy of the air that passes through this circular area each
second is 240J.
(i) Calculate the speed of the air.
(ii) The kinetic energy of the air drives a generator. State the input power of the air passing through the turbine blades.
(b) The output current of the generator is 2.0A. The output potential difference (p.d.) of the
generator is 11V.
(i) Calculate the output power of the generator.
(ii) Calculate the efficiency of the wind turbine.
(c) The density of air is 1.3kg/m3.
Calculate the volume of air passing through the circular area swept out by the turbine blades
- (a) Define the specific latent heat of fusion of a substance.
(b) Small pieces of ice at 0°C are added to 0.35kg of water. The initial temperature of the water is 24.5°C. The temperature of the water decreases to 0°C. The water loses 35000J of thermal energy as it cools. All of the ice added to the water melts.
The specific latent heat of fusion of ice is 3.3 × 105 J/kg.
(i) the specific heat capacity of water
(ii) the mass of ice added to the water.
- (a) Complete the sentences with words that describe the main process of thermal energy transfer
in each case.
A man goes for a walk on a cold day. He touches a metal gate, which removes thermal
energy from his hands by ……… . He holds the sides of a cup containing a
hot drink. His hands gain thermal energy by ……. . Some farm workers have
lit a fire. The man warms his hands by the side of the fire. His hands gain thermal energy by
(b) Describe in terms of particles the transfer of thermal energy through the metal of the gate
after transfer from the man’s hands.
(c) Fig. 5.1 shows a car on a sunny day in a hot country.
The object labelled A is placed inside the windscreen. It is used by the owner of the car to
reduce the temperature rise of the air in the car.
Ring the most suitable material for the outer surface of object A. Explain your choice.
- (a) Fig. 6.1 shows crests of a water wave moving from left to right in a harbour.
(i) On Fig. 6.1, draw three more crests to the right of point A.
(ii) State the name of the wave process that occurs as the wave passes point A.
(b) Fig. 6.2 shows the crests of another wave moving from left to right in a different part of the
harbour. This wave moves from deep water to shallow water.
(i) On Fig. 6.2, draw an arrow to show the direction of movement of the wave after it has
passed into the shallow water.
(ii) State the name of the process that occurs as the wave passes into the shallow water.
(iii) Complete Table 6.1 to state whether each of the properties of the wave increases, decreases or stays the same as the wave passes into the shallow water.
- (a) Fig. 7.1 shows a converging lens and the image I formed when an object is placed to the left
of the lens. The principal focuses are labelled A and B and the centre of the lens is labelled C.
(i) On Fig. 7.1, draw two rays to locate the position of the object.
Draw the object and label it O.
(ii) Ring all of the following distances that are equal to the focal length of the lens.
(b) Fig. 7.2 shows green light passing through a triangular glass block.
Red light enters the triangular glass block shown in Fig. 7.2 along the same path as the green
(i) On Fig. 7.2, draw the path of the red light within the triangular glass block.
Fig. 7.3 shows green light passing through a rectangular glass block.
Red light enters the rectangular glass block shown in Fig. 7.3 along the same path as the
(ii) draw the path of the red light within the rectangular glass block.
(iii) draw the path of the red light after leaving the rectangular glass block.
- Fig. 8.1 shows a circuit.
The lamp has a resistance of 3.0Ω. Line XY represents a uniform resistance wire of resistance
(a) Calculate the reading on the ammeter.
(b) Fig. 8.2 shows the circuit with a different connection to the resistance wire and an added
resistor. The length XY of the whole resistance wire is 2.0m. The contact is made at Q where
the distance XQ is 0.60m.
Calculate the resistance of the circuit.
- (a) State the name of the logic gate with the symbol shown in Fig. 9.1.
(b) State the name of the logic gate with the truth table shown in Table 9.1.
(c) Fig. 9.2 shows a digital circuit.
Complete the truth table in Table 9.2 for this circuit for all possible combinations of input.
- (a) Fig. 10.1 is a simplified top view of a flat coil. There is an alternating current (a.c.) in the coil.
Describe the magnetic effect of this alternating current.
(b) Fig. 10.2 shows a pan placed above the coil. The base of the pan is made of steel.
State what quantity is induced in the base of the pan.11. (a) The isotope hydrogen-1 has a proton number of 1 and a nucleon number of 1.
Two isotopes of helium are helium-3 and helium-4.
Helium-3 has a proton number of 2 and a nucleon number of 3.
Helium-4 has a nucleon number of 4.
Complete Table 11.1 for neutral atoms of these isotopes of helium.
(c) The pan contains water.
State and explain the effect of the quantity induced in part (b) on the temperature of the water
in the pan.
(b) An experiment takes place in a laboratory shielded from all background radiation. A sample
of radioactive material is wrapped in aluminium foil of thickness 0.1mm. A detector of ionising
radiation placed 1cm from the foil records a reading.
A piece of aluminium of thickness 5mm is placed between the detector and the foil. The
detector reading drops to zero.
State and explain any type of radiation passing through the aluminium foil.
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